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Halloween Silhouette on Coffee Filters

My hands down favorite Halloween art projects for kids – permanent markers and liquid watercolors on flattened coffee filters. The colors just pop!

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I opted to make a simple line drawing of a house and tree and fence for the students to trace, just for a starting point. They were to add as many Halloween details as they could. Given that the filter material is tricky to draw on with a pencil, I recommend jumping in and just drawing with a permanent marker.


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PREP: Use a steam iron to flatten a dozen or so filters at a time. Press one side, then the other, and you should be good to go.

  1. No pencil planning is needed. They are actually really difficult to use on the soft filters, so it’s best to jump in with markers. Besides, they filters are so cheap that you should be able to afford lots of “do overs”.
  2. Students trace the template drawing onto their filter with a permanent marker. Tracing slowly will make thick lines that bleed, and going faster will make thinner lines. Both are great and add character to the art.
  3. Students add their own details and filled in everything with a chisel tip black Sharpie marker.
  4. A plastic embroider mat is placed under the filter and watercolor paint is applied to the sky.
  5. The painting dries on the mat, and is pressed with a steam iron when done. It will get a nice, crisp finish.

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